Electoral bills not on agenda

  Proposed Electoral Reforms bills are not on the initial list of six Bills to be tabled when Parliament meets from this Friday, it has emerged. Parliament’s Business Committee, which maps the business to be tackled, met on Friday and agreed on several issues, among them the resuscitation of old bills which were not concluded…

Refreshing news came out of the Office of the President and Cabinet this week when President Peter Mutharika promoted the deputy director general of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Reyneck Matemba to head the graft-busting body, at least until May 2019. Much as the departure of the Lucas Kondowe might have been seamless, he left behind…

NFRA justifies maize price

  The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has justified its decision to buy maize at below government set minimum, saying most of the traders bringing maize bought it from farmers at lower prices. NFRA chief executive officer Nasinuku Saukira and his team gave the explanation in Lilongwe yesterday when they appeared before Parliament’s Committee on…

Will Matemba redeem ACB?

  President Peter Mutharika’s appointment of Reyneck Matemba as Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general could be an opportunity to reshape an institution rocked in a perception crisis and help to reboot the fight against corruption. The appointment of Matemba—currently the bureau’s deputy director general and a career public servant—is subject to confirmation by the Public…

Matemba appointed ACB director

President Peter Mutharika has appointed Reyneck Matemba as the new Director General of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) subject to confirmation by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament. Until his appointment, Matemba served as  Deputy Director General, mainly responsible for prosecutions and has played the lead role in the prosecution of several Cashgate cases. Previously, Matemba worked…

Court orders Wandale mental exam

The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court has ordered that Vincent Wandale, the self-styled supreme leader of the so-called United States of Thyolo and Mulanje (Must), should undergo a mental examination to determine if he is fit to stand trial. Wandale, who leads the People’s Land Organisation (PLO), faces the charge of publication of false statements likely to…

Medf defaulters  still owe K5bn

The Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (Medf) has recovered about K2 billion from loan defaulters after taking legal action against them, but remains with over K5 billion to be recovered. Medf has so far engaged individuals who obtained the loans because of being politically-connected, but did not have business plans or effective methods of repaying the…

Commercial farming plan flops

    Plans to engage commercial farmers with the capacity to grow irrigated maize have flopped after only four companies out of the expected 25 participated in the exercise and the output was below expectation, it has been established. During the 2016/17 season, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development targeted commercial farmers to…

Another week has gone by and the comedy in the beautiful but cursed land of Malawi continues to play out. After attending the board meeting of Electricity Supply Commission (Escom) and Electricity Generation Company (Egenco), President Peter Mutharika had the audacity to wave at the crowd loitering around Umoyo House and the shameless people actually…

‘ACB has been independent’

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Lucas Kondowe on Thursday left the graft-busting body after serving his three-year term. He took charge of ACB at a turbulent period where investigations and prosecution of Cashgate cases nearly ground to a halt. Our assistant bureau chief in Lilongwe SUZGO KHUNGA caught up with Kondowe to share his experience…

MDF, Ombudsman clash over determination

  The Legal Affairs Committee had to intervene in a wrangle between the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and the Office of the Ombudsman when the army refused to abide by a determination which awarded compensation to a soldier who claimed that he had been constructively dismissed when he was transferred. The committee has this week…

Departing ACB chief speaks out

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Lucas Kondowe says he is leaving the graft-busting body a happy man, but regrets that challenges remain which frustrate the fight against corruption in the country. Kondowe’s three-year term at ACB comes to an end today, October 26, after taking charge of a turbulent period during which investigations and prosecution…

AG wants controlling officers punished

Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa has called for strict implementation of penalties on controlling officers who fail to abide by the Public Audit Act and the Public Finance Management Act. Kamphasa was specifically referring to the tendency by officials in government ministries, departments and agencies who fail to comply with the law on producing documents for…

Missing file dogs police

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has admitted that it has failed to comply with determinations of the Office of the Ombudsman due to poor filing of the dockets. Most of the 13 cases that the Ombudsman cited to be non-compliant turned out to have dockets missing which had information pertaining to the cases involving injustices committed…

If anyone ever doubted that President Peter Mutharika is an indecisive Head of State who must first be squeezed and dragged by the ankles to respond to matters of national importance, then the by-elections results must convince many. Soon after the 2014 elections, President Mutharika—buoyed with the youthful, seemingly charismatic Saulos Chilima who hit the…

‘Law crucial to  forming budget office’

  An official in the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) of the Parliament of Uganda has stressed the need to have a legislation establishing the office which is in line with the public finance management regulations. The acting director of the Ugandan PBO, Moses Bisase Tusuubira, said while the office was crucial to ensuring accountability in…

Ugandan MPs tout budget office

The Uganda Parliament’s Budget Committee has lauded the role a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) plays in assisting the Legislature with oversight function in scrutinising and monitoring the national budget. In his presentation to the Malawi delegation on a study visit to the Ugandan Parliament on establishing a PBO, chairperson of Uganda Parliament’s Budget Committee, Amos…

A s the tussle between Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for the three parliamentary seats and three wards ended with ugly exchange of words and false promises to the people of these areas, the underlying tones of the campaign was all too obvious that once again, Malawians had forgotten the bigger…

Just when Malawians thought the ministers in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration could not sink any lower, they did not disappoint on Wednesday when instead of offering solutions on how the government is dealing with murders of innocent people in Mulanje, they went to town blaming everybody but their own ineptness. It has taken…